The Clash XII Preview & Predictions

Last year's Clash XI was a drama-laden event, one in which the champion was decided by tiebreaker criteria. In the day two champions bracket, St. Michael-Albertville (Minn.), Brandon (Fla.), and Montini Catholic (Ill.) all went 2-1. The three squads split matches against one another and earned a victory over Carl Sandburg (Ill.). The criteria tiebreaker gave St. Michael-Albertville the championship.

Apple Valley (Minn.) has won the most Clash championships with four, and is after a fifth title in this year's edition of the Clash National High School Duals. Other past Clash champions in this year's event are St. Michael-Albertville; Glenbard North (Ill.), which won the initial edition of the event; and two-time champions Carl Sandburg (Ill.)

Coach Mike Powell leads No. 2 OPRF (Photo/The Guillotine)
Ten Fab 50 ranked teams are among the 32 squads in this year's event, which starts on Friday, January 3rd and continues on Saturday, Jan. 4. The first day of competition features two sessions of competition. The first session has matches at 9 a.m., 11 a.m, and 1 p.m. CT; while the second session has matches at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Schools were assigned to one of four eight-team brackets, in which a first round victory assures a top four finish.

For the second day of competition, there are also two sessions with the same scheduled times. Teams will be assigned to a round-robin pool involving the other three squads to finish in the same position in their respective brackets. Schools finishing fifth through eight on day one (i.e. lose first round on Friday) will compete in the morning session on Saturday, while those finishing first through fourth (i.e. win first round) will compete in the afternoon/evening session.

Below are the first-round matchups in Friday's competition:

Bracket A (morning session): No. 2 Oak Park River Forest (Ill.) vs. Adrian (Minn.), No. 41 West Fargo (N.D.) vs. Mediapolis (Iowa); No. 48 Vacaville (Calif.) vs. Totino Grace (Minn.), Parkston (S.D.) vs. No. 32 Bettendorf (Iowa)

Bracket B (morning session): No. 3 Apple Valley (Minn.) vs. Thompson (Ala.), Jackson County Central (Minn.) vs. Glenbard North (Ill.); Timberland (Mo.) vs. Kasson-Mantorville (Minn.), Mason City (Iowa) vs. No. 19 St. Peter's Prep (N.J.)

Bracket C (afternoon session): No. 6 Bergen Catholic (N.J.) vs. New Prague (Minn.), Skutt Catholic (Neb.) vs. Hononegah (Ill.); St. Michael-Albertville (Minn.) vs. Alburnett (Iowa), Bay Port (Wis.) vs. No. 13 Marist (Ill.)

Bracket D (afternoon session): No. 18 Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) vs. Woodbury Central (Iowa), Grand Island (Neb.) vs. Hastings (Minn.); Prior Lake (Minn.) vs. Carl Sandburg (Ill.), Independence (Iowa) vs. No. 17 Bound Brook (N.J.)

The following is a list of the nationally ranked wrestlers slated to compete in the Clash XII:

106: No. 7 Jason Renteria (Oak Park River Forest, Ill.), No. 18 Austin Gomez (Glenbard North, Ill.)

113: No. 2 Nick Suriano (Bergen Catholic, N.J.)

126: No. 7 Tommy Thorn (St. Michael-Albertville, Minn.)

132: No. 5 Jered Cortez (Glenbard North, Ill.)

138: No. 2 Fredy Stroker (Bettendorf, Iowa), No. 6 Isaiah White (Oak Park River Forest, Ill.), No. 10 Seth Gross (Apple Valley, Minn.)

145: No. 14 Larry Early (Oak Park River Forest, Ill.), No. 16 Logan Ryan (Bettendorf, Iowa), No. 19 Brady Berge (Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.)

152: No. 13 Dayton Racer (Apple Valley, Minn.)

160: No. 19 Kamal Bey (Oak Park River Forest, Ill.)

170: No. 3 Mark Hall (Apple Valley, Minn.), No. 10 Davonte Mahomes (Oak Park River Forest, Ill.), No. 17 Adam Drain (Mediapolis, Iowa)

182: No. 2 Johnny Sebastian (Bergen Catholic, N.J.), No. 12 Keegan Moore (Jackson County Central, N.J.), No. 14 Bobby Steveson (Apple Valley, Minn.)

195: No. 1 Lance Benick (Totino Grace, Minn.)

220: No. 4 Jeramy Sweany (Vacaville, Calif.), No. 5 Chalmer Frueauf (Cincinnati Moeller, Ohio), No. 20 Brady Reiff (Parkston, S.D.)

285: No. 3 Sam Stoll (Kasson-Mantorville, Minn.)

Predicted Order of finish for Friday competition:

Bracket A:
2. Bettendorf
3. Mediapolis
4. Vacaville
5. West Fargo
6. Totino Grace
7. Parkston
8. Adrian

Bracket B:
1. Apple Valley
2. St. Peter's Prep
3. Glenbard North
4. Timberland
5. Jackson County Central
6. Mason City
7. Kasson-Mantorville
8. Thompson

Bracket C:
1. Bergen Catholic
2. Marist
3. St. Michael-Albertville
4. Skutt Catholic
5. Hononegah
6. Alburnett
7. Bay Port
8. New Prague

Bracket D:
1. Cincinnati Moeller
2. Bound Brook
3. Prior Lake
4. Grand Island
5. Hastings
6. Carl Sandburg
7. Independence
8. Woodbury Central

Predicted Order of finish for Saturday competition:

Eighth Pool:
1. Adrian
2. New Prague
3. Thompson
4. Woodbury Central

Seventh Pool:
1. Bay Port
2. Kasson-Mantorville
3. Independence
4. Parkston

Sixth Pool:
1. Alburnett
2. Carl Sandburg
3. Mason City
4. Totino Grace

Fifth Pool:
1. West Fargo
2. Hononegah
3. Hastings
4. Jackson County Central

Fourth Pool:
1. Vacaville
2. Grand Island
3. Timberland
4. Skutt Catholic

Third Pool:
1. Mediapolis
2. Glenbard North
3. Prior Lake
4. St. Michael-Albertville

Second Pool:
1. Marist
2. St. Peter's Prep
3. Bound Brook
4. Bettendorf

Champions Pool:
2. Apple Valley
3. Bergen Catholic
4. Cincinnati Moeller


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Widowmaker (1) about 4 years ago
Word out of California is the 1st round between Vacaville & Totino Grace is that Jeramy Sweany "Cornell" Rec. moved up to 220 to run from Lance Benick, well my guess is Lance "The Dream Killer" will also move-up just to shatter Sweany's Dreams!
Bulldogfan (1) about 4 years ago
Jeramy Sweany doesn't run from anyone! Jeramy has been wrestling 220 all year. He will probably be a heavyweight at Cornell. Hope Lance moves up and we get to see that match!
Yankeefan33 (1) about 4 years ago
I don't think Chalmer Frueauf will be competing this weekend. I heard injury.
Widowmaker (1) about 4 years ago
Lance "The Dream Killer" Benick strikes again, weighed in at 195 moves up to take on Cornells Top Recruite Jeramy "Sweet Tea" Sweany at 220 seaching for competition. "DK" Wins a decent match 7-4 giving up 25 pounds, That's like 170 pounder Mark Hall moving up to wrestle Lance at 195. I really wish that one would happen!
Congrats Lance! I think we need to arrange a Benick vs Rose
match just for the Fans after the State Tournament
greff (1) about 4 years ago
Widowmaker (1) about 4 years ago
Cincinnati Moeller rated 18the in the Nation is that a Joke, they just finished 27 out of 32 Teams at the CLASH. Drop them from the Ranks!
Widowmaker (1) about 4 years ago
Coach Baker come on ....Keegan Moore should have moved-up to challenge Benick so he could have realized what it is like to get his
"Dreams Shattered" going undefeated!
machine177 (1) about 4 years ago
@Widomaker- Bennick "wins a decent match". How about this. "BENNICK PULLS OUT HOME COOKED WIN WITH 5 SECONDS LEFT" Bennick was clearly stalling with head on mat...and yet the stall call goes to Sweany. Secondly- Bennick was gassed and the refs call two blood times for NO BLOOD. Only for rest. Get over your worship of Bennick the Dream Killer.
Widowmaker (1) about 4 years ago
washingmaching177 haven't you ever heard "it's not over till "Your Old Lady Sings". Sweat Tea Lover, let's see you give up 25lbs and not get a little tired. Sweany was stalling just trying to hang on. Now go back to California and Bring Nevills back to have his Dreams Shattered against Slammin Sammy!
machine177 (1) about 4 years ago
@windowcleaner: I guess my point is that Bennick squeaked out a win. Not exactly a dominating performance. Your boy got dominating fashion. The only reason he squeaked out the win was two bogus blood calls that Bennick acknowledged to camera crew out of view but audio rolling. But congrats on the Big Win. Would love to see a Stoll Nevills match. e